garment house cardigan :: two
this was the first cardigan i ever tried to tackle on my knitting machine and i'm still amazed at how it fits because of two specific reasons. one is that it's completely my own pattern. two, and get ready to be surprised, my ideas for how i wanted this sweater to fit was really unstructured and it was a bit of an experiment just getting through the whole thing. i jotted down very loose guidelines to follow as i knit, but didn't take the time to copy down my notes along the way. that's why i made another right after (previous post), with the hopes of remembering what i did and drafting an official pattern that i could use again. funny thing is, i like the fit of the first better!
for those of you who asked what type of knitting machine i use, i'm lucky to say that i have a couple! everything i've posted about so far has been made on a standard gauge machine without a ribber, and that's mainly what i use. it's a very basic model which in my opinion is the best to start with. if you're considering getting into machine knitting, i'd highly suggest finding a local m.k. group, sitting in on some meetings and seeing a machine in action! it's a much better way to approach machine knitting instead of making a $600 investment and having NO IDEA where to start. machine knitters are very passionate about what they do and it's infectious to be around if you are truly interested. had it not been for a kind dealer who answered every single one of my questions, helped me figure out what type of machine i was looking for, invited me to meetings, and patiently took the time to walk me through the bumps in the road of learning, i would have never stuck with it. it's now more exciting than it is frustrating to me, and geek alert! the click of a knitting machine now gives me goosebumps. i love it that much!